Posted by Emily Hart on 2011-04-14

Geri Beers, professor in Samford University’s Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing, attended the "Simulation in Health Care: Where No One Has Gone Before" conference March 22-25 in Orlando, Fla. The conference was sponsored by Drexel University.

Beers did a presentation on a study she conducted with Vicki Rochester, Samford assistant professor of nursing. Their study tried to determine if the use of simulation had any effect on test scores for the nursing students in their class. Beer teaches Adult Health Nursing course, and Rochester teaches the Nursing Care of Childbearing Families course.

"It was one of the best conferences I have attended about simulation,” said Beers.

This spring marks the fourth semester that Samford’s nursing program has had patient simulators. “Dean [Nena] Sanders did a great job of educating the faculty through speakers and conferences about effectively using simulators before and after we starting using them, but it has been a steep learning curve,” said Beers.

Beers has taught at Samford since 1991.